Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Be it Hopper pastiche or Hockney original, art offers vital comfort in times of crisis

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Riann Lūsi Cozlit
B it Hópr pastīś or Hocni orijinl, art ofrz vîtl cumf̣t in tîmz v crîsis

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 8 April 2020)

Hymaṇti’s crietiv drîv z un’seḷbl – n ɖ c’roṇvîṛs ǎtbrec hz olrdi inspîrd sm mînr mastrwrcs

Riann Lūsi Cozlit, Wenzde, 8 Epril 2020

Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait is one of many classic works to be recreated by resourceful people in lockdown. Photograph: © The National Gallery, London
Yan van Aic’s Arnlfīni Portrit z wn v mni clasic wrcs t b rīcrietd bî rzorsfl ppl in locdǎn. Foṭgraf: © Ɖ Naśnl Gaḷri, Lundn

Tū Ruśnz – a man n a wmn – gêz glūṃli fṛm a foṭgraf. H z wẹrñ glasz, ś a floṛl piṇfor. In ɖ fōrgrǎnd, so clos ɖt it lcs inorṃs, z a cićnforc. It z, unmistecbli, Americn Goʈic. Xpt ɖs cupl r insd ɖer apartmnt, standñ in frunt v a windo, ʈru ẃć w si hyj tǎrblocs.

Cnfînmnt hz, fr lots v s, léd t aurz v ded tîm. Ǎr culćṛl insttyśnz, ẃć hǎz ɖ piṇclz v hymn artistic aćivmnts, r ol clozd. N so ɖ ppl hv tecn art intu ɖer ǒn handz, mtikḷsli rīcnstructñ feṃs pentñz yzñ ɖmslvz az ɖ subjicts. Ɖ Americn Goʈic pastīś cmz fṛm a Ruśn “îṣleśn” Fes-bc grūp in ẃć w olso si Ɖ Tǎnli Disc̣boḷs repḷcetd bî a ńd man holdñ a sōspnlid, n ɖ rúfs in an Ánṭni van Daic portrit rīcnstructd yzñ tôḷtrolz. Ovr on ɖ Insṭgram acǎnt Covid Clasics, ẃć z run bî “for rūm̦ets hu luv art n r indefiṇtli qoṛntīnd”, r rīcrieśnz v Mgrīt’s Ɖ Sun v Man, Diego Velazcez’z Old Wmn Frayñ Egz, n ɖ Arnolfīni Portrit wɖ ɖ brîd’z gǎn cnstructd fṛm a slīpñbag.

W nīd art in an imrjnsi. Sins locdǎn bgan, I hv faund mslf trnñ t it, ispeṣ́li lanscep̓entñ, ẃć hd nvr ispeṣ́li inṭrestd m bfr. Ẃn y c’nt riyli g enẃr, lcñ at Van Goh’s Provnsāl Harvist z suɖñ n ivoc̣tiv. It olso fīlz mć īzịr t ingej viẓ́li at ɖ momnt, az w fînd ǎrslvz bombardd bî wrdz. Sevṛl artmīmẓ hv “gn vîṛl” (w nīd a ny frêz fr ɖs fnominn) sins ɖ crîsis bgan: Edẉd Hópr’z Nîthōcs dînr, darcnd n emti; D’Vinći’z Last Supr, bt on Zūm, wɖ Jīzs sītd alon at hiz tebl; unpopyletd cánvsz, d’rectñ s t ste hom n sev lîvz. Ɖe r clevr, n pôńnt, n funi. Hópr ispeṣ́li, wɖ hiz iṃjz v îṣleśn, hz bcm simbolic v ɖs tîm v sośl distnsñ.

Art ofrz mīnñ in tîmz v crîsis. Ẃn Devid Hocni publiśz hiz ny picćrz v ɖ Normndi sprñ, it grants solis (D Rmembr Ɖe C’nt Cansl ɖ Sprñ, z ɖ tîtl v hiz ćirñ daf̣dilpicćr). Ẃn I lc at Tresi Emin’z fotgrafic dayri v slf-îṣleśn, I fīl les alon n gen insît intu ɖ lîf v an artist I hv loñ admîrd.

Ẃn hymaṇti z undr ʈret, art rmîndz s ɖt w r ceṗbl v crietñ gret byti. It z a śerd viźl lanḡj, reprizntñ ɖ bst v ǎr aćivmnts. Hymnz hv olwz flt a drîv t mc ʈñz n, ẃtvr dificltiz w fes, ɖt drîv wl rmen.

“I ʈnc art z an artikleśn v rziłns. Ppl criet art ʈru wor n pandemics n hardśp, n ɖ wrc livz on fr hundṛdz v yirz in ḿziymz or ppl’z homz,” sz Tetm Dūli, a T’ronto-best raitr hu tc p ɖ pentñćalinj. “F I’m riinactñ a portrit v Simoneta Vespući fṛm ɖ 1400z, ś’z cntinywñ t liv on in ɖ wrld, n mbi I wl tù.” In sm wez, it z an artikleśn v wn’z ples in ǎr śerd hisṭri, a we v rmenñ part v ɖ cḿnl hol.

W hv yt t si ẃt art wl imrj fṛm ɖs crîsis, bt artists ol ovr ɖ wrld r olrdi crietñ. Sośl mīdia mīnz ɖt I cn si mî frend Lūsi Ẃîthed, a stydnt v ɖ Royl Colij v Art n nǎ unebl t dsple hr wrc at hr end-v-yir śo, pentñ in hr garij. A croșx́n v wrc bî artists rspondñ t îṣleśn cn b vyd on ɖ P’litico websait. Art gz on.

Îṣleśn hz historicli pruvd frūtfl, n artists r pṛdysñ ny wrc ol ɖ tîm. Sośl crîsīz hv gvn rîz t ny muvmnts ʈrt arthisṭri, fṛm ɖ brʈ v dādāizm n sriylizm aftr ɖ frst wrldwor t ɖ śift twdz abstrax́n aftr ɖ secnd n ɖ horrz v Ǎświts. Ɖ cuṛnt traɉdi z nt on ɖt scel, bt it mt stl cm t marc an importnt culćṛl dīvieśn.

In a rīsnt ese fr ɖ Ny Yorcr, ɖ art critic Pītr Śeldōl clemz ɖt ɖ art v ɖ old mastrz hz “so mć mor soulfl heft ɖn ɖ moḍnz” bcz ɖ formr hv a “rūtīn conśsnis v mortaḷti”. Ɖs z nonsns, ispeṣ́li fr smwn hu hz prezd ɖ reẓnns v Gerhard Rihtr’z Hoḷcōst-hōntd retṛspctiv Pentñ Aftr Ol, n nt līst bcz, fr wimin, ʈrets t ǎr livz d’nt mirli “xist at ɖ xtrīmz v ɖ sttisticl n ɖ aṇcdotl”. W stl inhabit a wrld v mas femisîd, a wrsnñ v ẃć wl b jst wn consiqns v ɖs pandemic. (H olso gz on t cōl ɖ fîv-yir-old Las Meninas “stunñli priti”, a tîmli rmîndr ɖt ɖ criticl istabliśmnt rmenz doṃnetd bî ɖ mel gêz. Bt I dgres.)

Mni v s me b cnfruntd bî les deʈ on a de-t-de besis ɖn ɖ ppl v ɖ past, bt ɖ pen w fīl z a historicl constnt. Mni v s – mel or fīmel, yuñ or old – hv woćt or wl woć smwn w luv dî. Tde, ppl r dayñ in intnsiv-cer ynits, or at hom wɖt axes t medicl atnśn. Ivnć̣li, ɖt pen wl inspîr artists, n wl folo spectetrz intu ḿziymz, śiftñ ɖ we w vy n psiv art. Fr nǎ, ẃt w cn d z sīc cumf̣t in ɖt ẃć cem bfr.

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